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where the case began. the state department tells congress security was adequate the day the u.s. consulate in libya was attacked. >> we had the correct number of assets in benghazi. >> pelley: sharyl attkisson is on capitol hill. officials say lance armstrong's team ran the most sophisticated doping program cycling has ever seen. armen keteyian on the evidence. and steve hartman "on the road" with the power of a uniquely american song. >> when you hear the first note, everything in our house comes to a complete captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from los angeles. >> pelley: good evening. people waited outside overnight just for the chance to be inside the supreme court today for the most controversial case of this term. at stake: admission to college for millions of americans for generations to come. a decade ago, the court ruled that race could be used as a factor granting college admissions, but today a new supreme court heard a challenge to that which could change the law of the land on affirmative action. wyatt and
. lawmakers are raising questions about security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi and whether the death of ambassador chris stevens and three others could have been prevented. >>> bullying backlash. a television anchor responds to a viewer who criticizes her for being overweight. >> attacks like this are not okay. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 3, 20 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. round one tonight. this evening president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three scheduled debates. the topic tonight in denver domestic affairs including the economy, health care reform and imgrmigration and the clock is ticking. the election is less than five weeks away and the stakes are high. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: first debates get the most attention of all of them and the first 30 minutes are said to be the most important. president obama needs to hold on to the momentum he's built. mitt romney needs to turn the entire race around with tens of millions of people watching tonight. the stage is built. the cameras ar
is teaming up with our sister paper "u.s.a. today" for tonight's debate. and beginning at 9:00 p.m., "u.s.a. today" reporters will be live blocking about what the candidates say. you can see that live on wusa9.com. keep your television tuned to channel 9 to watch the debate which begins at 9:00 p.m. and also log on to wusa9.com. then you can join derek and anita a 11:00 p.m. as they fact check what the candidates say, what the "u.s.a. today" fact checking team -- with the "u.s.a. today" fact checking team. >>> first there was a rescue. next comes the reunion. two missing hikers from virginia neal peckens of herndon, virginia and jason hiser of richmond, virginia are due back home after they were located in the rugged back country of glacier national park in montana. the families of the two veterinarians reported them missing on friday after they failed to catch their flight home. rescue teams spent the next three days searching for them. it was terrible weather. there were high winds, limited visibility and lots of snow. but they were found about 4:30 yesterday in the national park. >> it
is investigating. david martin has learned that u.s. military forces were moving in case a rescue was ordered the night a u.s. ambassador was killed. another senate candidate shakes up the campaign with comments about rape and pregnancy. wyatt andrews is on the story. and ben tracy in los angeles with an american hero. for him, there's no place like this ho. >> you just push down and the cabinets come down. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. another patient injected with a tainted steroid has died of meningitis. more than 300 cases have now been reported in 17 states and the centers for disease control says the outbreak is spreading. federal and state officials have opened an investigations into new england compounding center, the pharmacy that's believed to have shipped thousands of vials of a steroid that's used in clinics to treat pain. in many cases, the drug was contaminated with a deadly fung gas which one investigator said was visible to the naked eye in some of the vials. we asked jim axelrod to find out more about th
that the state department denied repeated requests for more security before the deadly attack on u.s. diplomats in libya. meningitis spreads to a seventh state. dr. jon lapook looks at what went wrong. and steve hartman "on the road" in search of a pumped-up pumpkin. >> we have a monster pumpkin coming. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the dreadful string is broken. for the first time in 44 months the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the latest jobs numbers from the labor department were surprisingly strong. they show the unemployment rate was 7.8% in september. that is down three tenths of a point from august. the economy created 114,000 jobs and the labor department revised upward the job creation numbers for the previous two months. it now says 181,000 jobs were created in july and 142,000 in august. a total of 86,000 more than first reported. we asked anthony mason to tell us what's behind these improved numbers. >> reporter: in circle pines, minnesota, where dell corps systems makes food package magazines, c.e.o. d
, auto sales were up 13% last month from a year before. among the u.s. automakers, ford sales were unchanged, g.m.'s were up 1.5%, chrysler reported a 12% increase. there hasn't been enough good news like that on the economy. the recovery, of course, is painfully slow and one of the biggest reasons is the recession in europe. the 27 countries of the european union add up to the world's-largest economy, but they're reporting record unemployment. in spain, unemployment among young people is 50%. mark phillips went to bars low that to see what happens when an economy goes into freefall. >> reporter: spain can be a deceptive place. in the early autumn sunshine and in the markets groaning with foodstuffs it's difficult to tell this is a country with a collapsing economy and unemployment rate of 25% that threatens to take the rest of europe and maybe even the united states economy down with it. but wait until they close up at barcelona's boqueria market and follow the porters out back to where they dump the trash and you get a different impression. in spain these days, one person's garba
them. >> pelley: the last major hurricane to hit the u.s. this late in the season, was wilma, seven years ago today. that was a category three storm. it killed five people in florida and caused more than $20 billion in damage. it's the third costliest hurricane in the u.s. after andrew and katrina. we are down to the last 12 days of campaign 2012. a new poll out tonight suggests that mitt romney has closedly the gender gap. last month, president obama led among women by 16 points, but now, they're dead even. 47% to 47. on the other hand, governor romney's lead among men has been cut from 13 point last month to just five now. 47% to 42. most polls show the president ahead in ohio, and it may be ohio that thames the balance on election night. both men were there today, and so is our campaign 2012 team. first, jan crawford with governor romney in defiance, ohio. jan. >> reporter: well, scott, romney was in four different toss-up states yesterday. today, he's spending every minute in one, ohio. he doesn't have to win this state to win the election, but it's going to be hard for him to d
of the recent attack there which rutted in the u.s. ambassador's death proves it's time for a change. >> the last couple of weeks with all the problems in libya and the administration's four or five different conflicting statement abouts it may be mitt romney goes in with the upper hand. >> reporter: look for candidates to bring discussions back to the economy as their running natures are doing. >> we're not even creating enough jobs every month just to keep up with the growth of our country's population. we are heading in the wrong direction. he can't run on that record. >> america is not in decline. here's what it is. romney and ryan are in den kneel. >> reporter: -- in denial. >> reporter: vice president biden spoke in ohio where a new poll shows president obama leading. his lead is half of what it was before the first two debates putting more pressure on both candidates to make this final debate count. >> joining me now from boca raton, florida with a preview of tonight's debate is washington bureau chief for u.s. d.a. susan -- "u.s.a. today" susan page. how have things changed f
vision with that of president obama's today. now this amid questions about the u.s. embassy attack in libya last month. meantime president obama is reaching out to hollywood for support. president obama is raising more cash in california today. last night at a star studded los angeles fundraiser the president joked about his lackluster debate performance following songs from katie perry and stevie wonder. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: the president also accused his opponent mitt romney of backing away from campaign promises. >> obviously the governor knows his trillion tax cut isn't too popular so a few weeks before this election he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: romney is in virginia today for a rally and what is being called a major foreign policy address. excertains from the speech have already been released. romney want as change of course in the middle east including tougher sanctions on iran and he'll call on the u.s. to work with other nations to arm rebels in syria with reupons that can defeat bas
brikman is anchoring down in mcclane. hey anita. >> i am in the neroom here at u.s.a. today. it's going to be our home base for our coverage of today's presidential debate on the campus of hofstra university. this is where u.s.a. today reporters will be fact checking what the candidates say and live blogging about what president obama and mitt romney say in the response to questions tonight. romney's strong performance gave him a much needed boost. the obama campaign is promising a more energized president is going to be showing up tonight. susan has the latest from hempstead, new york. >> reporter: the president and mitt romney square off here in a few hours in this less formal town hall style debate, the president needs to take control without being too aggressive. mitt romney needs to retain that dominance he had in the last debate and do no harm. >> an upbeat president obama emerged from the virginia resort where he spent the last three days practicing for debate number two. >> how are you feeling about tonight? >> i feel fabulous. look at this beautiful day. >> the president k
mentioned, the fact checker here at u.s.a. today will be looking at this debate and figuring out who is telling you the absolute truth about that they believe and what they are saying about your debate. also, as we said, 11:00, we wrap up the entire thing on 9news. back to you in the studio. >> we'll be watching on air and online, derek. thank you. >>> ten years ago tonight, we were struggling to come to terms with what happened earlier in the day. four people shot out of nowhere killed in montgomery county and before the day was over, a fifth would die standing on a street corner in the district. it was really the first day of the terror that would grip this region for three straight weeks. as john allen mohommed and john malvo went on a shooting spree. they were caught at a rest stop off i-70 in meyersville, maryland. that's where police gathered a will lot of their evidence for their conviction. >> i'm scott broom in prince georges county where ten years after the sniper attacks, the archives and the evidence have been handed over to cure tores tures. there sits that 1990 capri
. i could be saving your life in the future. >> his parents brought him to the u.s. at 12. he graduated from kennedy high school, earned straight a's at montgomery college, was diagnosed with bone cancer at 18. >> i want to save lives. just like my life was saved once. >> ricardo could scrape together enough money, but he says the out of state tuition charged undocumented immigrants now puts college out of reach. >> the tuition now is about $28,000 at the university of maryland. >> can you afford it? >> i can't afford that. >> it's not a right that you go to college. in fact, my question is, what are you doing here in the first place? >> brad is among the critics who no, forced the dream act. >> if they wantto educate themselves, god bless them. >> it's hard to see how much it will cost. montgomery college might have the most experience. it offers in county tuition to anyone who graduated from a montgomery county high school, regardless of citizenship. >> for us, the idea is a validation of what we already do. we don't anticipate a huge influx. >> convinced voters
in the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya has been killed in ie row. a tunisia man is also facing charges in connection with the september attack. four americans were killed in the attack, including the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. >>> the white house, state department and the f.b.i. were informed a terror group had claimed credit for the attack on facebook and twitter two hours after it began. that's according to e-mails obtained by cbs. the e-mails also suggest u.s. diplomats were informing officials in washington about the assault as it was unfolding. that raises further questions about the apparent confusion on the part of the obama administration to determine the nature of the september 11 attack and those who planned it. secretary of state hillary rodham clinton says a posting on facebook isn't evidence of responsibility for the attack. >>> hurricane sandy has killed at least two people as it turns toward the caribbean -- through the caribbean. a woman in haiti was swept away in the flood waters on wednesday. an elderly man was killed in jamaica when a huge boulder rolled on to hi
to the recover. for the first time we'll take you inside this secret u.s. facility. bob orr shows us where they track terror suspects worldwide. and jim axelrod with a young soccer player who's replaced a missing leg with gallantry on the field. >> i just want to be seen as an equal. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, and we could add happy new year, because this is the first day of the federal government's new fiscal year. but there's not much to celebrate because the nation is headed toward what's being called the fiscal cliff and there are dire new warnings today about what will happen to american families unless congress and the president reach a budget deal by december 31. that is the day that a series of tax cuts will expire and big cuts in federal spend will take hold. tax experts said today 90% of american families are facing what they call unprecedented tax increases. how much? wyatt andrews is in washington tonight. wyat >> reporter: scott, according to the non-partisan tax policy center, the united states is now
strategy unveiled this month by defense secretary leon panetta makes it clear the u.s. military will take preemptive action if it detects a potential cyber attack that would kill americans or devastate american infrastructure. the aim is to make the threat of counterattack a powerful deterrent. is this the right cyber strategy for america? here with answers is irving la- chow the director of the program on u.s. national security in the information age at the the cent for new american security. irving welcome to the program. >> thank you very much. >> what's the importance of this statement especially at this time? >> i think secretary panetta had two goals in mind in issuing the statement. the first is a message to the adversaries around the world that the united states has the means and the will to defend itself. to take action if necessary, including preemptive action, and to respond if it should need to including by using cyber means. i think secretary panetta also intended this to spur congress to pass a cyber legislation that is potentially going to be reintroduced next month by sena
. the 90-minute debate will most likely start where the second one left off. the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. both candidateses have come under fire for their response to the attack. they'll also be -- there will also be be debate questions about iran's nuclear ambitions and itself u.s. -- the u.s. relationship with china. polls show the economy is the far most important issue to voters. both candidates are also expected to talk about the economy and their foreign policy answers. both candidates have had their walk threw in the debate hall and will spend time with family and friends before the start of tonight's debate. in boca raton, florida, danielle nottingham. back to you. >> thank you for that preview. cbs news' own bob schieffer is the one 340d rate -- moderating tonight's debate. mitt romney will get the first question. we'll have your go to debate station tonight. we're teaming up with our sister publication "u.s.a. today" and beginning at 9:00 p.m. on our website, we'll be live blogging, fact checking what the candidates are saying. you can join the con
to switchers and routers that form the backbone of the global communications network. it's an industry the u.s. invented and once dominated, but no more. now, huawei is aggressively pursuing a foothold in the united states, hoping to build the next generation of digital networks here. it's prompted an outcry in washington and a year-long investigation by the house intelligence committee that has raised concerns about national security, chinese espionage, and huawei's murky connections to the chinese government. huawei's world headquarters is located on this sprawling google-esque campus in shenzhen, not far from hong kong. china's first international conglomerate is a private company, ostensibly owned by its 140,000 employees, but exactly how that works and other details of corporate governance are closely held secrets. what we do know is that huawei is now the world leader in designing and building fourth- generation communication networks, known as 4-g, the latest technology for moving high volumes of phone calls, data, and high definition video. its innovative low-cost systems have already
:00, a mistake that can't be hidden. the u.s. military spent millions developing a new camouflage uniform for troops in afghanistan. too bad they didn't conceal the troops. james has more. >> in a case of trying to be good enough for everything, but not being good enough for anything. cost the army millions of dollars and put our soldiers at risk. >> the idea was to develop a camouflage pattern that could be used in multiple environments. urban environment, devert environment, and so on. >> phillip is with the washington guardian. awarded the army their hammer award. >> $6 million on development to the uniforms. >> with the wars in afghanistan and iraq, the army replaced the familiar green and brown fatigues with a lighter tan and brown pattern better suited to desert environments. but as the army soon learned, not all deserts are the same. >> the uniform was much more effective in iraq than it was in afghanistan. >> forcing the army to spend millions of dollars to come up with a pattern better suited for afghanistan. the soldier on the left in the new pattern blends in better than
debate between president obama and governor romney. 9news now is teaming up with our sister paper "u.s.a. today" and beginning at 9:00 p.m., "u.s.a. today" reporters will be fact checking exactly what the candidates say. and you can watch the analysis live on our website wusa9.com. this morning "u.s.a. today" white house correspondent aamer talked with andrea roane about what we can expect. >> as far as substantively, i have a hard time believing there's going to be this huge big policy announced in a debate. that just doesn't happen. what's remembered about the debates are the small moments. you're likable enough, i knew john f. kennedy. >> again, you can watch the debate and get instant truth analysis from a team of "u.s.a. today" reporters live tomorrow night on wusa9.com. then at 11:00, derek mcginty will be at "u.s.a. today" headquarters for deeper analysis of the hits, the runs, the errors of the first presidential debate. >>> about 100 metro riders had to walk down a rain soaked broken escalator at dupont circle this morning. many were turned away because metro crews deemed that
with our sister publication, u.s.a. today tracking the debate. you can watch it live on wusa9 and stream live at wusa9.com. we're going to have live blogging from the political team here at u.s.a. today on our website and then tonight at 11:00, we fact check what the candidates said, what was true, what wasn't, without any spin. that's it from here, let's go back to the studio for more on a big change in local law enforcement, lesli, back to you. >> thank you. yeah, the budget act could mean the end for a controversial immiation policy in prince william county. >> i'm peggy fox in woodbridge. the controversial and tough antiimmigration policy may be defunded by the feds. while some people are cheering, chairman corey stewart says he is steamed. >> this is not a budget cut. >> corey stewart received credit and criticism nationwide. it trains officers to check immigration status of people that are arrested. >> they are folding under pressure from the american civil liberties union. >> program cut crime nearly 50%. but advocates for immigrants say that's malarkey. >> the crime level
, a state department official, was the agent in charge of security for u.s. diplomats functioning in libya at the u.s. embassy in triply, and the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he appeared before a congressional committee this week and testified he had alerted a state department -- the state department in washington that the situation in post revolution libya, after gadhafi, was precarious. >> routine civil unrest, militia on militia violence. general lawlessness. >> the house oversight and reform committee is chaired by republican darrell ice sa. ice sa -- ice sa. in the months prior to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi on september 11th, three and a half weeks ago. four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, the first ambassador to be murdered since 1979, 33 years ago. >> charlene lamb, the state deputy assistant secretary, testified that she and the department did not support the request for more security. according to lamb, given the information available, the number of security agents, called assets, was adequate. >> we had the correct nu
>>> mitt romney gets the first question tonight. >> fact checkers over at the newspaper u.s.a. today will be watching today's debates closely. anita, what can we expect? >> this will be a busy night. i'll be with the team as they take in saying, the claims, the accusations and fact check them. they are going to be blogging about that on wusa9.com. we are your place to be for campaign 2012 coverage. the debate itself will air on channel 9 at 9:00 p.m. it's also streamed live on our website, wusa9.com. and then stick around at 11:00 as i'm joined live by the politics editor, we're going to fact check what the candidates had to say, look at the truth, look at who exaggerated and i'll be sending out notes on twitter, tweeting for you as well from u.s.a. today all through the night. derek, back you. >> thank you anita. if you are planning to vote this upcomg ection, your time is most nning out. today is the deadline to register in maryland. you have to have the paperwork in by 9:00 a.m. the deadline, friday, but as of now, you have the option of registering in person down at e
center believes this will slowly weaken as it kind of parallels the u.s. coast here as we go through the weekend. sunday morning east of wilmington, north carolina. it's going to be a battering of wave action, some winds, rain along the coast. as we get into sunday night, monday, looks like it may start getting over toward us. here we are monday morning east of hatteras and elizabeth city. this is the concern beyond that. the turn to the northwest is what we're looking at. and the center of the potential path brings it over toward new jersey potentially as we get into tuesday ternoon, tuesday evening. so new york, long island would get that. we'de on the weaker side. we're still inthat cone of uncertainty. if this thing tracks a little farther west, a little farther southwest, that would up our threat potential. we're going to watch it. it's very close to comfort levels or noncomfort levels. we'll be tracking this for the rest of the week and the weekend with the very latest on every newscast and online. jc, back to you. >> thank you very much, huward. >>> sand -- howard. >>> sandy's
. there is a new u.s.a. poll out today. they asked the voters who do you think will win this debate regardless of who you support? 57% said president obama would probably win. 33% said mitt romney was likely the better debater. susan page says this debate has a lot of power. >> 80% of americans say their mind is made up, they aren't going to change their vote, but 21% of registered voters said they could change their mind. >> you just heard it. the significant group of voters could be persuadeable as is described. channel 9 is your go-to station. 9news is teaming up with our sister newspaper to fact check with the candidates say. so make sure you stay tuned to channel 9, watch the debate and get started at 9:00 and meantime, you can log on to wusa9.com for the live, as it happens fact checking at the very same time. and then watch us, 9news now at 11:00 for the most comprehensive accurate debate out there. we'll bring you nothing but the facts. much more from u.s.a. today headquarters coming your way later on. now back to lesli and anita in the studio. >> a busy and exciting night ahead. th
clinton promised a full and open investigation into the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, three weeks ago. four americans, you'll recall, were killed, including ambassador chris stevens. there are a lot of questions about what happened. margaret brennan has been following this story and she's at the start tonight. margaret? >> reporter: good evening, scott. the cretary of state reacted to pressure from the public, the press, and the house oversight committee to address the controversy around the administration's response to that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. were there multiple requests for increased security in tripoli and benghazi and can you address whether washington or your office rejected those requests? >> well, let me start by cautioning everyone against seizing on any single statement or piece of information to draw a final conclusion. over the course of this review there will naturally be a number of statements made, some of which will be borne out and some of which will not. >> reporter: clinton and her aides have consistently pointed to inte
you need to be. we're teaming up with our media partner "u.s.a. today" to fact check everything the candidates say in real time. keep the tv on channel 9 to watch the debate. it starts at 9:00 p.m. and log on to wusa9.com, live fact checking in real time. stay with 9news at 11:00 for accurate debate coverage. >>> taxes for nearly nine out of ten americans will rise by an average of $3500 a year if congress doesn't avert the so- called fiscal cliff. a study by the tax policy center finds the average tax bill will go up by 20% in 2013 if lawmakers allow a lift of cuts to expire at the end of the year. economists warn the tax cuts combined with automatic spending cuts could throw the fragile u.s. economy back into a recession. >>> next month maryland voters will decide whether or not hundreds of students can afford to go to college. critics claim the dream act rewards illegal immigrants by giving them in state tuition rates. >> but supporters say it's only fair to give some people a path to fulfill their dreeps. >> this is a chance -- dreams. >> this is a chance for me to go to the
. >> reporter: quazi mohammad nafis came to the u.s. from bangledesh on a student visa to study at southeast missouri state university. he caught the f.b.i.'s attention allegedly in an extremist online chat room trying to form a terror cell. agents posing as al qaeda facilitators arranged a meeting with nafis, in which he allegedly laid out his plan to attack new york city. an f.b.i. affidavit alleges that nafis helped building a 1,000-pound bomb in a long island warehouse. in audio and videotaped conversations with an f.b.i. informant, nafis allegedly said he wanted to "destroy america" on behalf of al qaeda. according to the f.b.i., while planning the bombing, nafis told an undercover agent, "what i really mean is that i don't want something that's, like, small. i just want something big, something very big." this morning, the 21-year-old allegedly drove a van he believed carried the bomb downtown and parked it in front of the federal reserve bank of new york. nafis walked a short distance to this hotel, where the f.b.i. says he then recorded a video claiming responsibility for the attack.
asked david martin to tell us more. >> reporter: u.s. officials say a cyber attack against aramco, the world's largest oil producer, has been traced to hackers inside iran. another volley in an increasingly high stakes war going on in cyberspace. and defense secretary panetta warns potential enemies, including iran, are developing the capability to launch devastating attacks. >> the collective result of these kinds of attacks could be a cyber pearl harbor. an attack that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life. an attack that would paralyze and shock the nation and create a new profound sense of vulnerability. >> reporter: iran does not have that kind of capability yet, but u.s. officials say several recent cyber attacks have been traced to hackers inside iran. panetta stopped short of blaming iran, but in a speech last night described the cyber attack against aramco which occurred two months ago. >> more than 30,000 computers that it infected were rendered useless and had to be replaced. >> reporter: the attack-- using a virus called shamoon-- did not disrupt oil pr
evening. in the weeks before his death, u.s. ambassador chris stevens sent the state department several requests for increased security for diplomats in libya. stevens and three other americans were killed this past september 11 in a terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and, in a separate attack that same night on a safe house where the consulate staff had been evacuated. stevens' memos were obtained by the house oversight and government reform committee, which is investigating the attacks, and our sharyl attkisson got ahold of the memos today. >> reporter: ambassador stevens personally pressed for strengthened security in a series of cables to state department headquarters in washington. on july 9, 2012, stevens sent a request for extension of temporary duty personnel. that refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counterterrorism. they were set to leave in august but stevens asked to keep them through mid-september. on august 2, six weeks before he died, stevens requested protective detail bodyguard positions, saying the added guards "will fi
parts of the country. in rural helmand province u.s. marines told us there aren't enough afghan army soldiers to take over. in one case, when the afghans did take over this base in the east, the commander and his men deserted. the u.s. army had to come back. >> you're relying on us to do your security far you, y'all need to be participating in this security. >> reporter: but much of the training has been put in jeopardy by the recent rise of insider attacks-- afghan soldiers turning their guns on their american partners. major matthew kessler is a logistics advisor at camp leatherneck. how has it been here? you work with afghans everyday. >> it's a concern. it's frustrating for both sides. it makes the marines angry and it makes the afghans angry. >> pelley: kelly cobiella is at our cbs news bureau in kabul and, kelly, i wonder what nato is saying about what happens when u.s. troops withdraw and the afghans are left to fend for themselves. >> reporter: well, nato is painting a very rosy picture on paper. they say afghan national security forces are on track to take over security in t
since the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya was attacked. four americans were killed. there are questions and criticism of the u.s. response to the attack. congress is opening its own investigation. at the state department margaret brennan reports secretary clinton promises a full accounting. >> reporter: were there requests for increase in security in been gazay and did your office reject those requests? >> let me start by cautioning everyone against seizing on any single statement or piece of information to draw a final conclusion. over the course of this review there will naturally be a number of statements made, some of it -- some of which will be borne out and some of which will not. >> reporter: clinton and her aides have consistently pointed to intelligence reports that indicated there was no threat to the u.s. mission, and that it was intelligence agencies that initially said the attack was sparked by a spontaneous demonstration. >> i am aware too that many people are eager for answers. so am i, margaret and no one wants the answers more than we do here at the
and three other americans. they were killed last month during an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. republicans on capitol hill have been criticizing the white house for its handling of the security at the consulate. secretary clinton addressed the criticism saying the president and vice president are not involved in those security decisions. >>> tonight president obama and mitt romney square off for the second of three debates. romney's performance in the first debate helped him surge in the polls. this time president obama is promising a more spirited role. round two of the debates is a town hall format. it will take place at hofstra university. students are excited about the chance to get to ask the president and the republican nominee some questions. mitt romney won the coin toss so he's going to get the first question of the night. andrea? >> jessica, the swing states continue to be the focus of both candidates. the latest "u.s.a. today" gallop poll of swing states shows governor romney has a slight lead over president obama among all likely voters. among registered voters in
penn state coach. elizabeth palmer takes us inside the compound in libya where the u.s. ambassador died, in his own bedroom. and byron pitts with angels in overalls. >> reporter: how do you see these women? are they girlfriends? neighbors? >> they're my heroes! (laughs) captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. as of today we are down to the final four weeks of the presidential campaign. the focus is narrowing, not just to the nine battleground states but to one in particular-- ohio, which could tip the balance on election night. first the big picture. nationally, the latest gallup poll shows mitt romney leading president obama 49% to 47%. that spread is within the margin of error, so it's essentially a tie. in ohio, new polling today shows this: pollster a.r.g. has romney up by one point, 48% to 47%. but a cnn poll has the president up by four, 51% to 47%. either way, it's an improvement for romney who was falling well behind in ohio until last week's debate. both candidates were in ohio today where this is the last day to re
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press for answers about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, cbs news goes inside the compound where the assault took place. >>> man versus mountain. an extreme stunt goes bad. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 10, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning the race for the white house veered from a focus on the economy to an emotionaling charged debate on social issues. in an interview yesterday with "the des moines register" mitt romney said he would not pursue abortion related legislation if elected president. >> there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> after the interview romney campaign said governor romney is pro life and would support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life. romney has repeatedly said the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade. and that he would cut funding to planned parenthood, an organization that provides abortion. the obama campaign says we know about the truth on where romney stands. women c
saudi arabia, qatar, other gulf countries. you know, you saw in today's papers the u.s. has espoused the policy of not arming the rebels directly but allowing or possibly assisting in indirectly arming the rebels through countries like these gulf countries like saudi arabia and qatar. the problem you have many private citizen from these countries don't espouse democratic values per se but support more militant islamist groups. >> let me ask you about that. "new york times" piece this morning that says these arms being supplied by saudi arabia and qatar are going into the hands of these hard line islamic jihadist and not these more secular opposition groups. is it a blow to u.s. strategy there? >> it is. because there's a sense that the u.s. has lost an opportunity here by taking such a hands off approach to the syrian conflict. they lost the opportunity to influence what's happening on the ground and to ensure that groups and opposition members who do espouse more democratic values have any real success or power or influence. >> and of course you were in damascus about a year ago. ho
or rather the labor front. a private payroll company said u.s. businesses added slightly more workers than expected. checking the numbers the dow stands this morning at 13,494. rose more than 12 points in trading yesterday. nasdaq added 15 anded s&p 500 was up by 5. >>> think unemployment benefits are just for those trying to make ends meet? think again. a congressional research service report finds almost 3,000 millionaires received unemployment benefits in 2008 during the height of the recession. the next year the number was over 2300. on average unemployed millionaires collected just over 11,000 bucks or 37 weeks of checks. some are trying to make this practice illegal but since million fairs pay taxes into the jobless system, others say they're entitled to claim the benefits just like everybody else. >>> and if you're a millionaire who loves disney, i may have the perfect house for you. a home in california designed in the image of a disney theme park. $1.5 million. gray stone manor was built by a senior designer for disney. you get 3600 square feet that gives you five bedrooms, mickey
has to do and not do is the white house correspondent for "u.s.a. today." good to have you back with us. before we started our interview, you said the obama administration has to stop the bloodletting or as you said bedwetting. that's the onerous on joe biden tomorrow because the president's performance was not good. >> it wasn't good. not that mitt romney beat president obama -- i'm not sure if he did, but barack obama did not look good last week. what vice president biden has to do is stop the bleeding. >> what does paul ryan need to do to keep the momentum going that mitt romney accelerated last week? >> both these candidates are really smart guys that know washington, know how buckets work. -- budgets work. that's what paul ryan's specialty is. he has to show his expertise. this is a great opportunity for him to introduce himself to the american people again and to show take he's somebody that we can credibly believe is one heart beat away frbing president -- from being president. >> we don't vote for vice president. we do vote for them but you know what i'm saying. that's n
with our counterparts at our sister newspaper "u.s.a. today" for a fact check session. >> every statement the candidates made was immediately dissected. derek mcginty has more with the "u.s.a. today"'s political editor. >> reporter: there was a lot to talk about, a lot of facts, especially the $5 trillion in tax cuts. president owe bottom ma -- president obama says that's what romney wants to do romney says not me. >> his central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of the extension of the bush tax cuts. that's another trillion dollars and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn't asked for. >> i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. i don't have a tax cut on the scale you're talking about. my view is we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. >> reporter: all right. two contending points there. only one can be right. paul singer, political editor at "u.s.a. today," who's right? >> mitt romney does have tax cuts in his plan. the issue is it really a $5 trillion tax cut because what he says it will make more revenue because it creat
. sharyl attkisson has obtained e-mails from the night of the attack on the u.s. ambassador in benghazi. what the obama administration knew and did not know. now it's a two-week sprint to a date with history. >> our campaign is full speed ahead. >> i won't be running the okey-doke. >> pelley: reports from nancy cordes, jan crawford and debate moderator bob schieffer. and bill whitaker in los angeles with a program bringing kids from the chaos of the streets into harmony with the world. >> music is like my meditation. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. investigators say they could see with their naked eyes black specks of deadly fung gas floating in viles of steroids due to be injected into patients across the country. late today authorities said a criminal investigation would be opened and they would move to revoke the license of new england compounding center. that's the pharmacy identified as the source of contaminated drugs that have caused a meningitis outbreak in at least 17 states. 300 people have come down with t
. but nothing like the numbers that come out for other causes. for example, to protest against u.s. drone strikes. it may be because the whole subject of girls' education is controversial. it's estimated that only 22% of girls in rural areas even finish primary school. >> pelley: elizabeth, thanks very much. the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks went before a military tribunal today on the u.s. naval base at guantanamo bay, cuba. khalid sheikh mohammed and four co-defendants are charged with conspiracy and nearly 3,000 counts of murder. the defendants sat quietly today, in contrast to when they disrupted the proceedings with protests last time. this was a pre-trial hearing today. the trial itself won't start at least for another year. the investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak is widening. the food and drug administration said today two more medications from the specialty pharmacy may be vovled. the infection has spread now to 15 states, 214 cases have been reported and 15 people have died. dr. jon lapook has the latest. >> reporter: today's f.d.a. statement raises
threatening to bomb the federal reserve bank here in new york. the fbi says he came to the u.s. intent on waging a holy war and was ready to die in the attack. >> reporter: 21-year-old quazi mohammad rezwanul ahsan nafis stood in a manhattan courthouse wednesday hours after he allegedly tried to blow up part of america's financial infrastructure. authorities say nafis wanted to detonate a bomb outside of the federal reserve bank of new york. the building where transactions from the nation's largest banks are processed and where a large reserve of gold is stored. he dime the u.s. on a student visa in january to study cyber security. that lasted one semester. the fbi started watching him after he tried setting up a terror cell using an online chat room and facebook. undercover agents started working with nafis posing as al qaeda operatives. he told one agent, what i really mean is that i don't want something that's like small i just want something big. very big. his first target wall street. >> he goes to the new york stock exchange, sees there's significant security there and shifts his
marriage between a man and a woman. the u.s. supreme court is expected to ultimately decide this issue. and now we all know that the same-sex marriage will be on the ballot this november in maryland. and scott broom will have more on that side of the story. >> reporter: maryland voters will get to decide the same-sex marriage question here on the question 6 ballot. new polling from the washington post shows marylanders in favor of the same-sex marriage by a margin of52-43. the heaviest opposition remains in churches. and among african americans. >> it is a matter of fairness and a matter of equality. >> reporter: today, supporters of gay marriage put the focus on religion by rolling out religious leaders of all kinds. >> we see this about justice and equality. and really this is about fairness. >> reporter: whos gay marriage and question 6. >> and it is important to remember that the civil marriage protection act, strongly preserves the religious freedom. >> there is nothing in the civil marriage protection act that will force any individual clergy person to perform the same-sex marria
, kentucky beginning 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cbs. >>> the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya has become a campaign issue. during a politically charged congressional hearing yesterday, two key issues were on the table. whether security was adequate own the administration's characterization of what happened after the attack. >> reporter: the state department's eric nordstrom was the key official in libya and said he told his headquarters getting adequate security was the hardest part of his dangerous job. >> it's not the hardship, not the gunfire, not the threats, it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. i added it for me the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel andrew woodheaded a special military team whose mission ended and was not extended a month before the september 11th attack. he told us he felt the same frustration. >> so all the experts on the ground are telling headquarters at the state department we need this. and the answer kept come back as? >>
70, a few dozen members from the national guard are happy tonight beyond words to be back on u.s. soil. the balloons and the hand held signs outside the d.c. national guard armory all had the same message. i'm happy, i can't wait to get home. welcome home. >> it feels great. >> reporter: after 10 months, 70 soldiers from the national guard and the military police battalion finally came home. arriving right around 3:30 this afternoon. >> i'm just really ecstatic. >> reporter: she said she was proud to serve her country overseas, and now thrilled to be back home. >> i'm glad that i'm able to spend, you know, thanksgiving with my family. that's all i wanted to do. >> reporter: they have been looking forward to this moment since her daughter was deployed. now she is eagerly awaiting the return of her son, a marine currently in afghanistan. another son also in the military that will be heading to afghanistan in about a month. >> it's hard, but i try not to think about it. i keep it up for them. that's it, then i let them go. >> reporter: so far about 30 members of the 273rd have actua
sununu walked back on those remarks. he said he believed it was based on nothing but policy. >>> the u.s. cult -- consulate in benghazi. left clifr stevens and three other americans dead. david martin reports. >> reporter: two and a half hours after the attack began a drone was diverted to the consulate in benghazi. that plus a second unarmed drone dispatched four hours and 15 minutes later were the only military forces sent to the scene of the attack. commandos were dispatched from europe to sigonella, sicily. leon panetta defended the response saying the situation on the ground was too confusion. >> you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real-time information about what's taking place. designee said senior officers including general carter hamm and general martin dempsey all opposed military intervention. >> general hamm, general dempsey and i felt very electronically we could not put forces at risk in that situation. >> the attack occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. >> did you have forces on any heightened alert in that area becau
-- cartridges that deliver insulin to diabetes. it's a disease that affects nearly 26 million americans. u.s. newspaper circulation was flat from april through september. a media industry group says "the wall street journal" kept its position as the number one newspaper. "u.s.a. today" was second. "the new york times" was third. that's your money watch. for more go to cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm lex leg. >>> seems like -- i'm alexis christoforous. >>> seems like forever but we're now a few days away from election 2012. >> the presidential campaign will be back in full gear today. 9news now returns in two minutes. stay with us. [ harry umlaut ] here we go. [ sally umlaut ] what? the five stages of muller. ah yes... stage one: suspicion. "it's a yogurt, how good can it be?" stage two: revision. "actually, this ain't bad." stage three: surprise! "look at this cool cornery thing! i love this stuff!!" stage four: desolation. "it's gone!" stage five: anticipation "i guess i could always have another"... "have you been through the five stages of muller yet?" "yeah, just now." [ male announc
that deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. today, the will bean government finally allowed a team of f.b.i. agents to see the crime scene. four americans were killed in that attack, of course, including ambassador chris stephens. the agents, with a u.s. military escort, spent 12 hours at the consulate, though much of the evidence has already been compromised there. the violence in syria's civil war is spilling over its borders. for a second day, turkey fired artillery shells into syria. it was in retaliation for a syrian mortar shell that slammed into a house on the turkish side yesterday. five turkish civilians were killed, including three children. 10 people were wounded. today, turkey's parliament authorized military operations in syria. with the latest on this, we have holly williams, who is in turkey, on the border with syria. holly, the turkish prime minister said today he doesn't want war with syria, so why did turkey fire into syria again? >> reporter: well, the turkish prime minister says he doesn't want a war. the push. >> public definitely didn't want a w
to the "u.s.a. today" fact checkers about who was telling the truth and who was exaggerating. the deadline to vote in virginia has come and gone. if you live in maryland, the deadline to register is today. and in the district, the mail- in registration deadline has already passed but you can register in person at the election board's headquarters. you have until friday, the 19th to register in person in d.c. for more information on voter registration, go to our website wusa9.com. look under our campaign 2012 tab. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is taking responsibility for the attacks in benghazi, libya. it killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. during a trip to lima, peru, secretary clinton told reporters it was her job and not the white house to ensure security of all of america's diplomatic missions. republicans have criticized president obama for his handling of the attack. secretary clinton says the state department did everything it could to keep the americans safe. >>> the justice department is trying to get the fast and furious lawsuit dismissed by the house.
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